Little Legend will be 3 weeks tomorrow. I can hardly believe it! This has been a rollercoaster of a time but in a good way. I gave birth to Legend at the Austin Area Birthing Center- all natural, no drugs. My labor was 1 hour and 15 minutes, and it was the fastest, most intense, painful, difficult, but beautiful time of my entire life. I tried to have a water birth but I just couldnt push him out effectively, so in between 2 extremely intense contractions, I jumped from the tub to the bed, pushed 3 times and out he came! The thing I loved most was that when he was born, he was immediately placed on my chest; there were no doctors or nurses barking orders or rushing around with medical equipment.
(right after he was born)
It was a very peaceful time right after his birth. I was speechless; I just couldnt believe how beautiful and perfect he was. Counting Crows played in the background, perfect.
I tore a little bit, so I had to be stitched up- again, no drugs. I took it like a trooper thats for sure!
The labor was so fast that everyone, including my doula, missed it! I had no idea it would go so quickly, but considering the fact I didnt get an epidural, Im so thrilled it went so fast!
We went home that evening, and Iris wasnt to excited about the new baby. She was tired and grumpy, but the next day, she warmed up to him. She wanted to hug and kiss him, and it melted my heart.
She also loves to hold his hand.
The biggest adjustment has been trying to juggle two kids; really, it hasnt been THAT hard; it just takes a little planning ahead. I have to make sure Im up early enough to either nurse Legend before Iris wakes up, or get Iris up and fed before Legend wakes up. The first week was the toughest becuase Legend had o schedule, I wasnt used to having a baby, my body was recovering (I lost a lot of blood during delivery), my house was a wreck, and nursing is HARD WORK!!! Luckily, my Ashley came from Waco for a few days to help me. I dont know what I would have done without her!
The second week was a tad bit easier. But this week has been heavenly. Legend is on a pretty awesome schedule; my nipples are no longer cracked and bleeding (YAY!), and my body is healing nicely. Iris is absolutely THE greatest big sister. She just loves her baby brother, and she has become much more affectionate. For example, this evening, all she wanted to do was “hold you mommy”, sing me songs and pet my face. It brought tears to my eyes. She is back in her gymnastics class, and loving it! She is talking more, pretending to read books to me, and starting her little homeschool curriculum with me. (More about that later.)
Nathan is adjusting really well to having 2 kids. MUCH better than when we first had Iris. He is one proud daddy. And we have been getting along surprisingly well, dispite not getting a lot of sleep. 🙂
Of course, Im totally behind on all my artwork, writing, website/blog work, and house work. But this is the most amazing time of my life and Im absolutely loving it. I fall more and more in love with my little family every day. I feel incredibly blessed. I cry with joy when I sit and think about my kids. I feel like they have completed me, and deepened my love for Nathan. Such an incredible time… wow…